How do I grow plants when deer keep on eating them?

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How do I keep a flower garden when I have deer eating everything?

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  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Dec 14, 2018

    Peg, I know this is frustrating, and I hope these videos help you!


    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plants+that+deer+won%27t+eat

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 14, 2018

    This was one of my exam questions.

    Perhaps these references might help you.


    Generally unless you want to construct tall fencing being aware of what deer like and dislike is advisable and to be aware of repellents effectiveness.


    1-Preventive deterrent by plant/ landscaping choices could offer deer resistance

    Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance


    https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/download.php?strPubID=E271 This publication can offer homeowner comprehensive detailing that might aid in making the right choices before planting. Regional differences in deer species and plants could apply.


    2-Deer a garden pest

    https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/HORT/HORT-62/HORT-62-PDF.pdf



    3- Research has shown that, while that odor repellents tend not to work, taste repellents can be very effective. Any repellent with egg solids, blood, hot pepper, or capsaicin as an ingredient is your best choice. Some repellents contain both eggs and hot pepper or capsaicin, and those work particularly well.

    https://joegardener.com/podcast/wildlife-control/


  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Dec 14, 2018

    Hmm... I would google that question. Right off, I can think of going to a place or ordering something that repels them, like a powder to use around the bed, maybe. Maybe getting on your computer and look up all the places that might sell that sort of thing. Good luck.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Dec 15, 2018

    Hi- For years, we had deer snacking on our flowers. I tried the nasty egg spray, hot sauce, human hair, and NEVER got a rose. The deer also spread diseases to plants, and that's what ended it all. I had the yard stripped and put in deer resistant plants and a dry streambed. Yarrow, sages, lavenders, verbenas, shasta daisies, grasses, have all survived. The deer now walk down the street and past my house. Several neighbors have added low deer fencing around their yards, and some even planted roses on the outer sidewalk areas as an offering. Just give all your neighbors some fragrant roses and the deer may lose interest in you!  I never got to try the motion sensored noise makers, or water squirters, but they seem easier than spraying rotten egg smell on your garden.

  • Joy Joy on Dec 16, 2018

    I haven't tried this but I have read that you can take a bar of Irish spring soap grated (like you would cheese) and put that around your plants/flower beds and the deer will stay away. It wouldn't cost much to try it 🤷‍♀️

  • Evan-Terri Winkleman Evan-Terri Winkleman on Dec 16, 2018

    GO TO YOUR BARBER AND GET HAIR CUTTINGS AND PUT THEM AROUND YOUR PLANTS. THEY DON'T LIKE THE HAIR. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU.

    TERRI


  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 16, 2018

    Hi Peg. I'm Cindy. I recommend spreading out some shredded Irish Spring bars of soap. You can shred them on a box grater or even in a food processor. I buy the big 12-pack of Irish Spring in the spring and shred them all at one time. I store it all in a five-gallon bucket with lid and keep it in my shed. We live next to woods and the DuPage River. We see a lot of wild life. I tried everything to keep the animals out of my vegetable garden and nothing worked. Until I finally tried the shredded soap. I use it every year. Good luck Peg and Happy Holidays.

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